Elements of Success (EoS)—a learning analytics platform in Iowa Courses Online (ICON)—gives University of Iowa students and instructors real-time data on how students are performing in class.
It uses data from graded assignments, quizzes, and exams to project grades. Along the way, instructors have insight into how their students are doing. Through EoS, they can provide customized feedback to students, suggest study strategies, and direct students to campus resources such as tutoring.
Research conducted by the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Research and Analytics Team has shown consistent, positive associations between the use of EoS and course outcomes.
EoS began in 2014 as a research project in an introductory chemistry course to foster student success and use has grown steadily. In fall 2019, EoS is available to nearly 9,000 students in 23 courses across 11 departments. The next version of EoS will have several enhancements, including assignment reminders and positive message alerts that motivate students to take action.